Reshmin Chowdhury is a sports presenter and reporter, working for the BBC and BT Sport. She broadcasts for both the BBC News Channel and BBC World News. For BBC World News she presented throughout the London 2012 Olympics. Reshmin is currently travelling across the continent, reporting on the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League for BT Sport.
With a solid background behind the camera, she got her first taste of presenting at Real Madrid TV, where she worked in English, Spanish and French. It was here she conducted the world exclusive interview with Cristiano Ronaldo, following his then record-breaking move to the club. This clever lady lives in London with her husband and two young children, and cites singing, travelling, languages and cooking among her passions.
Reshmin began her career at Reuters TV News and honed her skills as a producer at BBC News, ITN and Bloomberg TV. She previously produced business reports for international print media, interviewing politicians and leading business figures across Africa and the Middle East. Reshmin was also part of the original production team that travelled to Borneo for the ITV1 programme, Survivor.
A Bengali, born and raised in London, Reshmin enjoyed an incredibly cultured upbringing, courtesy of her parents and local community. She sang from an early age and is also an accomplished vocalist, having worked alongside Nitin Sawhney. She performed in the UK touring theatre production of The Mahabharata and recorded vocals for the 2007 Fox Searchlight movie, The Namesake. After an eight year absence, Reshmin decided to join a choir in 2015 and is relishing this new challenge.
After the Asian Voice observed Reshmin co-hosting a recent fundraiser for Bobby Grewal’s charity Walk Full Circle, covered in this week’s paper, Reshmin took time out to talk to us. Of her work, she said,
“I always wanted to get into sports broadcasting, but there was no clear route when I started out. Having studied politics, news seemed the most natural path at the time. Journalism, particularly broadcasting, isn't an easy arena, let alone without any fixed structure or a mentor, although I think that is slowly changing now.
My brother is 14 months older than me and together we watched sport throughout our childhood. My passion for football began during the unforgettable World Cup campaign in 1990, but I also watched tennis, major tournaments, Olympics, rugby union and plenty more besides.
Working for BBC Sport fulfils a childhood ambition, because it's a household name. I grew up watching it and having the chance to work on European football at this level with BT is also a dream come true.” Once the season is over, Reshmin’s next challenge will be reporting on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for BBC 5 Live and “so the juggling act of being a working mother, who travels, will begin again,” she laughs.
Performing was always in Reshmin’s DNA, “I had a burning ambition to present and I chased the position at Real Madrid. I obviously have a very supportive husband, because this was one year into my marriage! I'm also incredibly blessed to have both sets of parents living close by, though it is definitely my children who keep me grounded. We laugh a lot, out loud, every single day!”
With a solid background behind the camera, Reshmin got her first taste of presenting at Real Madrid TV.